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Air Travel To Become More Convenient For Odisha Passengers


03 March 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: Travelling by air is going to be more serviceable for passengers in Odisha as besides a new terminal buidling called Terminal 3 (T3) coming up at the Bhubaneswar Airport the Civil Aviation Ministry has signed an agreement with SpiceJet for commencing flight services from Jharsuguda Airport.

Addressing mediapersons at a presser in Bhubaneswar, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, said now Jharsuguda is going to connect with major cities of the country such as New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata. It will be a great boon for Western Odisha, it will fetch great profit once Jharsuguda is added to the aviation map.

Sinha further informed that, as an infrastructural development, the present terminal (T1) at Bhubaneswar Airport is being linked with the old terminal to handle more passengers.

The T3 terminal coming at a cost of Rs 935 crore will expand the capacity of the Bhubaneswar Airport from 30 lakh passengers per annum to 90 lakh per annum. The new terminal will make Bhubaneswar Airport future ready with advanced features catering to the needs passengers travelling by air.

Sinha also added that the Ministry will expand the number of aerobridges at Bhubaneswar Airport from four to 11. It is inevitable as traffic at Bhubaneswar Airport is growing by 40% per year.

A major change in the parking system will be brought at the Bhubaneswar Airport, said Sinha. From April 1, private vehicles can avail free drop-off and pick-up facilities and they only have to pay parking fees. Commercial vehicles have to pay only Rs 40 for pick-up, he added.

Besides, Bhubaneswar and Jharsuguda Airport, the Minstry is planning for construction of few more airports in Odisha said Sinha. While work has progressed a lot at Rourkela and Jeypore Airport, Jeypore and Utkela are also in the UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) bidding. Hope flight services starts soon at these places, he added.

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Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation